It has been an intense past few weeks of studying for the GRE and preparing my graduate school applications. I take the GRE on Monday. Can I get a high five?! The time that this application process has required hasn’t left me room for much else, but I’ve missed this space and I’m itching to get back to writing here.
Today I am saying HELLO AGAIN! (just briefly) because I wanted to share something. Despite the intense pressure that comes with applying for graduate school I have been able to stay centered and connected to my own inner sense of being through you guessed it, my mindfulness and meditation practice.
Returning to my breath–especially when I’ve felt myself getting tense or anxious or overwhelmed about all the things that have to get done–has kept me from dwelling in any of those negative spaces. Those feelings have come and those feelings have passed.
Staying centered within the body and not identifying with those feelings has also had this amazing secondary effect. It’s allowed space for me to be present with the more positive feelings of excitement and the deep sense of gratitude I have felt at various moments throughout this journey.
I am not an island. I couldn’t do it–studying, essay writing, applications, transcripts, mom, wife, etc–without an amazing team of supporters behind me, and those supporters include YOU. You all believe in me, infinitely more than I have ever been able to believe in myself, and for that I am deeply grateful.
The finish line is in sight! I will be back here again, posting regularly, very soon. Until then practice mindfulness. Try meditation. Try noticing the sensations in the body, as different feelings arise, “positive” and “negative”. Being present in those moments will not lead you astray.
I’ll leave you with a quote that has helped me recently: